India Denies Having Nuclear Ties with Israel

Published August 27th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

India’s ambassador in Cairo, Shiff Shinkar, has dismissed reports of nuclear cooperation between his country and Israel, saying “there are some military deals between both sides.”  

"There is an exaggeration from some to disturb Indian-Arab relations... We buy some military equipment from Israel just like the US, Russia, England and France," the Kuwaiti news agency, KUNA, quoted him as telling the Middle East News Agency (MENA). 

"India is not helping Israel to strength its military power or supply it with any weaponry."  

He noted that India waited 44 years to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, and that India was serious about developing and expanding its relations with all Arab states.  

The Arab League sent a memorandum to the Indian government in mid-June, saying that the existing cooperation between India and Israel could “create tensions in the Middle East.”  

The Arab League cautioned India to take into consideration its existing commercial interests in Arab countries, which would “reconsider” their relations with India if its military and security cooperation with the Jewish state continued, according to the memorandum.  

India and Israel established full diplomatic relations in January 1992.  

A similar Arab League warning to India was sent last year to protest visits to Tel Aviv by Indian Home Minister Lal Krishan Advani and Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh.  

Earlier last year, Israel sold an advanced electronic warfare system to India despite US objections –

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